Expat clicks on link, loses all his savings in account

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KUWAIT CITY, May 16: An expatriate’s bank account was emptied as soon as he clicked a link to pay KD 1, reports Al-Anba daily. According to the victim, he did not share the OTP with the woman involved in this incident, yet his bank balance was reduced to zero within minutes. A case of bank document forgery was registered and classified as ‘felony’. A security source revealed that an expatriate, born in 1999, got a telephone call from a woman claiming to be a bank employee. She informed him that the bank would send him a link to pay KD1 in order to activate his account.

Shortly after, he received a call from another phone, not the woman’s mobile phone, via WhatsApp. He stated that he attempted to pay KD1 through the link, but received a message indicating that the transaction was not completed. However, he was shocked to discover that his entire balance of KD343 was lost. He confirmed that he received the OTP, but did not share it.

Furthermore, the security source pointed out that the expatriate’s mobile phone might have been hacked, allowing the gang to use the OTP code. He urged the public to be cautious and not to respond to any suspicious requests. The Central Bank of Kuwait has issued multiple warnings about gangs stealing people’s accounts using various methods and requesting private banking information that no legitimate bank or employee would ask for.

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